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“Overview of the many cultures of Ethiopia”

2000 Habesha Cultural Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 288 Restaurants in Addis Ababa
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 17, 2012

While the food was average, the value in visiting this restaurant is in the exposure to many of the 80 different cultures and languages of Ethiopia. To really appreciate the songs and dances, it is helpful to go to this restuarant with a native who can explain what the different songs and dances mean and from which region/culture they depict. I was fortunate in that I was surrounded by Ethiopians who shared their knowledge with me. It made the evening well worth the time and much more fascinating. Regardless of whether you understand the songs/dances or rituals, it is impossible to not be impressed with the sheer athleticism and physicality of all of the dancers. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Intimate settings, great Tej, wonderful live performance. The dancers are high energy and interact with the audience! Great for large groups

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

visited habesha six years ago..but was not on tripadvisor then! there are no options in the drop down below, so pl don't be fooled...but have it from reliable sources that the place has not soured yet!

the dinner was good, tasty, and had none of that pungency we found at the other restaurants.
authentic and delicious Ethiopian fare, AND they made special provisions for vegetarians

sample some local wines ... that was the highlight, along with the cultural folk-songs and -dances

and excellent hospitality. of course it may have helped that we were with a few military men!

a definite DO NOT MISS. and go in time for the cultural events

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Thank rajat b
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you're looking for a great introduction to Ethiopia - this is the place to go. I went with a load of guys who live in Addis, and we had a great night. The food was really good (we had the set menu of the huge bread thing, with loads of dishes on top - the name escapes me, plus fish dishes for the Orthodox members of our party who were not eating meat), we had a few beers and got involved with the singing and dancing. They have several acts throughout the night who do dances from the different regions of Ethiopia. At one point they go and get volunteers to go on stage (I narrowly avoided this, thankfully one of our group took the bullet for me!) and later still the come round and do one on one dancing. This isn't a high-brow, seriously authentic dining experience. This is some traditional food, a little bit of theatricality, and generally a cracking way to spend an evening!

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

overpriced food from buffet, mediocre performances on the stage

Thank Christoph0815
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